Iowa Constitution Amendment to Protect
Right to Arms Passes Committee

Dean Weingarten. February 6th, 2018
Original Article Source

Iowa is one of only six states that do not have a state constitutional provision that protects the right to keep and bear arms in some way. The other five states without such a provision are California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. The two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. Both states have strong Second Amendment activist organizations.

An Iowa legislator is attempting to remedy the lack of the constitutional protection. One of the reasons Iowa does not have such a protection in its constitution, is the process to enact constitutional amendment in Iowa is extremely difficult. The resolution for the constitutional amendment has to pass the legislature, then an election must happen, then it must pass the legislature again. It will then be sent to the people as a referendum. If the people vote for it, it will become part of the Iow a Constitution. Here is the proposed amendment. From

Right to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms.

SEC. 1A. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes the fundamental right of the people to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for all legitimate purposes. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.

The Republican leadership failed to allow the amendment to come to a vote in 2017. These amendments are immensely popular. The difficult part of the process is to bring the amendment to a vote.. If the Republican leadership opposes the amendment, it dies. .......

All states should have their own constitutional reinforcement of the Second Amendment - some of those that do not are sadly only too predictable. While this Iowa Constitutional amendment has only as yet passed committee, it is to be hoped that it can and will get the votes to finalize.

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